The famous gopher …

Gopher In ProfileMore accurately, I suppose I should say “The Famous Richardson’s Ground Squirrel.” Ever have one of those days that just make you smile? For most aspects of my life, today was a pretty normal day. I worked a 13 hour shift at my day job, a shift that felt about twice as long, lol. But none of it really mattered, thanks to an email I got this morning.

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Fireworks over Medicine Hat

I found a spot in the park just down from the light industrial area, just off South West Drive (thanks Lacy for the tip on location … awesome spot!!! Check out 50.018622, -110.700957 in Google Maps to see my exact location for these, and I’ll be putting them on the flickr map as well) to set my tripod up last night for the fireworks. There were about two dozen other people gathered there as well watching, and it was a pretty good show overall. The shot on the left was one of the first bursts of the night … I knew that I wouldn’t get great shots overall with the Medicine Hat teepee in frame, since many of the fireworks would drift off frame to the left and at 18mm focal length, I’d miss a lot of detail as well. Still, I wanted one shot with the Teepee and fireworks fully in frame, and I did manage to get this one.

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Sunsets and Blossoms … summer in Alberta

Not that I’ve had much time to enjoy it. I wanted to post a comment yesterday about the Summer Solstice … whether its the history, the astronomy, the time, the monuments, or any of the other fascinating aspects of the Solstice, the beginning of summer has been an important date to humans probably for as long as humans have been humans. Unfortunately, I worked 14 hours of it, so I didn’t have much time to write anything. I did have a little bit of time to wander around with my camera for a few minutes near dusk however, so I thought I’d post a few of those to compensate for missing the actual Solstice on here.

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This and that …

Haven’t been posting here much lately … work has been keeping me pretty busy and I haven’t really seen much thats inspired me to write (or rant if you prefer) in the last week or so. I’ve been out doing a little bit of photography, but even that has taken a backseat to the day job in recent days. At the end of this entry I’ll link to one of the recent ones I took after wondering what to do with a dead iPod. Also, I stumbled across an interesting post over at Why Don’t You Blog? with a link to the Rense.com pictures that form the base of my “Feeling Insignificant Yet?” post from last year.

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The delicious nougat of interestingness

Quarter to TenI’ve discussed the concept of “interesting” photos in Flickr before … the main Flickr Explore page is an excellent portal into some of the most stunning photographs being taken around the world. While I have no clue what the actual formula for interesting is, it seems to be made up of a number of different factors …

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Foley Loaded gets off both barrels

Steph from BackstageThe stage before showtimeWell, the show is over and done with, and I’m pretty sure a good time was had by all. Overall I think crowd response was excellent, and the Esplanade is really a great room to perform in. There’s quite a different feeling between a comedy club stage, and a place like the Esplanade (a feeling that must be greatly multiplied in even larger auditoriums or arenas) … I always feel a little closed-in, a little claustrophobic on the small stages in the small rooms at comedy clubs, though I hadn’t really realized how much. There’s so much more freedom, or at least it seems that way, and I’m sure the fact that the crowd is farther away and harder to see helps the feeling as well.

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Prairie Cinema

An early drive-in theatre for the Prairies …
Aurora Borealis from the Trans Canada Highway between Brooks and Medicine Hat, Alberta.  Click here for more of my flickr pics

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